All those who doubted whether Lionel Messi's claim to a record number of goals in a year was incorrect can heave a sigh of relief.
There were reports that Zambia's Godfrey Chitalu had scored 107 goals in 1972. Another report said that Flamengo were set to contest the record, saying that Brazilian legend Zico had scored 89 goals in 1979.
Barcelona's no.10 Messi broke Ger Mueller's record on 85 goals when he scored a brace against Real Betis in the last weekend's La Liga match.
After going past the landmark, Messi told Spanish TV station Canal Plus: "I always say the same, it's nice for what it means but the victory is more important as it maintains our lead over the other teams".
Mueller was also quoted as saying: "My record stood for 40 years - 85 goals in 60 games - and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I'm delighted for him. He is an incredible player, gigantic."
Messi's 86 goals consist of 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina in 66 games.
Messi is also Barcelona's all-time greatest goalscorer, surpassing Cesar Rodriguez's 57-year-old milestone of 232 goals.
First Published On : Dec 14, 2012 14:30 IST